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RULES FOR LIVING @ DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

 

Amber McMahon and Hazem Shammas in ‘Rules for Living’. Pic Daniel Boud

The Sydney Theatre Company has made a welcome return to the Drama Theatre after a long absence due to Covid 19 with young British playwright Sam Holcroft’s play ‘Rules for Living’. That it was a frenetic comedy was even better. After the darkness we have all been through, it’s great to have a comedy to enjoy.

It isn’t long into the play that one learns that Holcroft’s play isn’t the kind of play that you can just sit back and enjoy without being too attentive. ‘Rules for Living’ is cerebral, multi-layered entertainment and one has to be on the ball.

The setting is a family Christmas lunch. The participants are parents Edith (Sonia Todd)and Francis(Bruce Spence), their two grown-up sons, Matthew (Keegan Joyce) and his girlfriend Carrie (Nikita Waldron), and Adam (Hazem Shammas) and his wife Nicole (Amber McMahon), and their fourteen year old daughter Emma (Ella Jacob). Continue reading RULES FOR LIVING @ DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

NO PAY? NO WAY! @ THE DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Italian playwright Dario Fo, 1997 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is essentially a writer of farce.  His wit and humour successfully both cloud and enhance his deep political undertones.

‘NO PAY? NO WAY!’ (“Sotto Paga! Non Si Paga!”), written in 1974, is regarded as Fo’s second best known play internationally (after “Accidental Death Of An Anarchist”), and was performed in 35 countries by 1990.

This relevant and sharp translation by Marieke Hardy for the latest Sydney Theatre Company production is very funny.  The Drama Theatre at the Opera House was ringing with laughter and spontaneous rounds of applause.  Even the very clever set rotation which opened the show received applause. Continue reading NO PAY? NO WAY! @ THE DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

TOM STOPPARD’S ‘THE REAL THING’ @ THE DRAMA THEATRE

The   subject of British playwright Tom Stoppard’s THE REAL THING  is love and the difficult terrain of the human heart.  Written in 1982 it was a  change in style for Stoppard who usually wrote very cerebral works .

In THE REAL THING Henry is married to Charlotte, whilst Annie is married to Max. But its Henry and Annie who have fallen passionately in . love. For Henry the main character, the question is has  Henry found love, is it the real thing?!

There’s also a sub plot which involves Annie who has taken up the cause of  Brodie an imprisoned Scottish soldier who has written a script which she wants to produce. Henry doesn’t offer any help , He thinks it is shite!  Continue reading TOM STOPPARD’S ‘THE REAL THING’ @ THE DRAMA THEATRE